The Dirt: Largomarsino Petroglyph Trail



The Lagomarsino Petroglyphs site is a Native American historic site in Storey County, Nevada. As one of the most interesting collections of historic artifacts, the area has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Staging can be found in the Virginia City Highlands, or in dirt pullouts along Lousetown Road. Many of the dirt roads in the area are surfaced or intermittently maintained, and it may even be possible to stage at the petroglyph site proper.

The first archaeological documentation of the site was done in 1904 when some of the petroglyph panels were photographed. A more extensive documentation was done in 1958. Please be aware that this is an important archaeological site; vandalism and graffiti threatens to obscure and damage the petroglyphs. If the petroglyphs are destroyed, and important part of Storey County and Native American history will be lost.

Some other popular routes in Storey County include adventure routes from Washoe Lake to Virginia City, and other routes around the Comstock. More information about these routes can be found on their related dirt pages.


From downtown Virginia City, Nevada:

  • Take Geiger Grade/County route 341 North towards Reno for seven miles until you see Lousetown Road.
  • Turn right onto Lousetown Road and continue for seven and a half miles.
  • You can either continue onto Sheridan Road for an additional six and a half miles, or continue on the unnamed (but designated) roads shown on our map.
  • Parking can be found in pullouts along Lousetown Road, Sheridan Road, and some other, unnamed roads.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

BLM Sierra Front Field Office

5665 Morgan Mill Road

Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: (775) 885-6000

Email: ccfoweb@blm.gov

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

Plan Your Visit